It’s 1/29, and as expected Mythic has announced their plans for Warhammer Online. First good job on actually hitting the date as promised, something not all MMO developers have mastered yet. Second, it’s going to take a bit of time to really analyze the new info, but so far nothing majorly surprising has been announced, and that personally is a bit disappointing.
I mean we basically knew the Slayer and Choppa were coming, and while I’m sure they will be awesome classes and really help add more of a melee focus to WAR, their inclusion was expected. Still, I’m glad Mythic scrapped the Hammerer and went with the Slayer, it just makes more sense. These two classes are also mirrors, which means for the first time since release we will be seeing a new class mechanic at work. The previous two classes were mirrors of already existing mechanics.
I found the announcement of the new RvR dungeon interesting, in that Mythic called it the spiritual successor of Darkness Falls from Dark Age of Camelot. The reason I find this interesting is it’s an outright admission that WAR is heading towards DAoC 2.0, rather than continue with their resistance to copy DAoC and try something new. Refining the DAoC formula makes a lot of sense, and should make everyone happy. That more than anything might be the best news to come out of the announcement for me.
Each live event has been better than the one before it in WAR, and if that trend continues, the next few months should really be interesting. Another event-exclusive scenario is a major plus, especially if it’s of the same quality as Riekland Factory was. Mythic is really cranking out content for WAR, given the number of scenarios already in the game, and now a second event scenario being added. At this rate, WAR will have added more come-and-go scenarios by the end of the year than WoW has added in five, which is impressive considering their quality and price (free).
My slight disappointment is that nothing really shocking was announced. No major overhaul of keeps or the current RvR areas, no update on the RvR Fame system, nothing really ‘out of left field’. Perhaps the announcement was limited to focusing on just the new stuff, and more will be said later, but if this is it, it’s a bit underwhelming. More to come I’m sure, but I wanted to get some first impressions out.